Will Rock

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Will Rock
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Developer(s) Saber Interactive
Publisher(s) Ubi Soft
Director(s) Andrey Iones
Designer(s) Matthew Karch
Vladimir Chernysh
Engine Saber3D Engine
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release
  • NA: June 9, 2003
  • EU: June 13, 2003
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player multiplayer

Will Rock is a first-person shooter released in North America on June 9 and Europe on June 13, 2003. This first game, developed by Saber Interactive and published by Ubi Soft, did not receive huge media attention, but did polarize reviewers who ran the gamut with scores of 90s down to 20s,[1] and some likened the title to a poorer version of Serious Sam.[2]

In Rock, the player takes on the persona of the title character Willford Rockwell, an archeology student, who is faced with the aftermath of a fanatical group called the Olympian Restoration Army (ORA), who somehow have managed to bring back to life a host of mythological creatures from Ancient Greece, including Zeus, king of the Gods, who has abducted Will's girlfriend Emma. Will is recruited by Prometheus, the Greek Titan of fire and craft, to destroy Zeus and his minions—and rescue his girlfriend.

There are ten levels in the single player and coop versions. Many reviewers noted the massive numbers of enemies, prompting IGN to remark that it "elevates the experience to a kind of inspired lunacy."[3] At some points in the game it is possible to be attacked by dozens of different types of enemies simultaneously, and some creatures, such as axe-throwing minotaurs, split into two more attackers when "killed". Balancing this is the player's arsenal; among the weapons at his disposal are acid, atomic and "Medusa" guns, and the more standard pistol, shotgun, crossbow, fireball thrower, minigun and grenades. A shovel is also included as a melee weapon.

Enemies[edit]

Many enemies in Will Rock are deliberately borrowed from Greek mythological monsters.

  • Harpy; the first enemy that you will encounter, an eagle who spits fire.
  • Satyr; archer with surprising accuracy.
  • Skeleton foot-soldier; fast-moving skeleton using sword and shield.
  • Range skeleton; as above but throwing flaming javelins.
  • Minotaur; general enemy throws flaming axes. When killed it morphs into two blood minotaurs.
  • Blood minotaur; smaller and weaker, but more berserk.
  • Sphinx; disguises as statue; shoots laser bolts when player passes by.
  • Mace wielder; Greek soldiers throwing flaming maces. They usually appear with or without headgear.
  • Rat; sprints towards an enemy and explodes.
  • Tiger; fast-moving enemy, likes to leap at you, usually in groups. Attack style is to run around you and leap when you are not expecting.
  • Lion; fast-moving enemy, likes to leap at you. Attack style is to run around you and leap when you are not expecting.
  • Atlas; disguises as Colossus statue, holds the earth on its back.
  • Discus throwers; disguises as statue, and throws a flaming discus.
  • Crocodile; Easily avoided but can bite you and inflict injury.
  • Mini Cerberus; hordes of smaller three headed dogs, vicious, hard to beat.
  • Knife wielder; throws blue flaming knives at player.
  • Centaur; living centaur, charges with spear, hard to hit, very fast.
  • Cyclops; they come in small and large sizes, and attack using flaming rocks.

Bosses[edit]

  • Giant Cyclops; a normal cyclops, but much larger and stronger.
  • Hephaestus; a slow-moving, but durable enemy.
  • Medusa; a flying gargoyle-like creature.
  • Zeus; the final boss. Attacks using thunderbolts. Can also summon his minions during combat.

Updates[edit]

Will Rock contains two updates including Patch v1.1 & Patch v1.2. These two updates are available in three versions including US, European and German. Also, contents and fixes in v1.1 are included in v1.2.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 63/100[4]
Review scores
Publication Score
CGW 2.5/5 stars[5]
Game Informer 7.75/10[6]
GameSpot 6.7/10[2]
IGN 7.2/10[3]
PC Format 74%[7]
PC Gamer (UK) 56%[8]
PC Gamer (US) 79%[9]
PC Zone 40%[10]
X-Play 2/5 stars[11]

The game received "mixed" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Will Rock Reviews and Articles for PC". GameRankings. 
  2. ^ a b Wolpaw, Erik (June 19, 2003). "Will Rock Review". GameSpot. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Hudak, Chris (June 26, 2003). "Will Rock Review". IGN. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Will Rock for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ Gladstone, Darren (November 2003). "Will Rock" (PDF). Computer Gaming World (232): 131. Retrieved January 10, 2017. 
  6. ^ Brogger, Kristian (August 2003). "Will Rock". Game Informer (124): 103. Archived from the original on February 25, 2005. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Will Rock". PC Format. 2003. 
  8. ^ "Will Rock". PC Gamer UK. 2003. 
  9. ^ Osborn, Chuck (September 2003). "Will Rock". PC Gamer: 86. Archived from the original on March 15, 2006. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ Hill, Mark (July 16, 2003). "PC Review: Will Rock". PC Zone. Archived from the original on June 24, 2007. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  11. ^ Hudak, Chris (July 3, 2003). "'Will Rock' (PC) Review". X-Play. Archived from the original on July 7, 2003. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 

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